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FAI Cup 'forces' Inter squad withdrawal from Mid-Ulster

The FAI Senior Cup first-round draw has blown a hole in the LSL Intermediate squad's travel plans to Northern Ireland, with the squad withdrawing from this Saturday's joust with Mid Ulster after suffering from the worst luck of the draw.

Eleven of Martin Loughran's squad will be involved in Senior Cup action next weekend after four clubs, Crumlin United (seven squad members), Tolka Rovers (two squad members), Wayside Celtic and Dublin Bus (one each), were all drawn out to play first-round clashes.

With the LSL withdrawing, Senior Division side Glebe North has stepped into the breach to take the place of Martin Loughran's side and to ensure that the league and the province has some top quality representatives on show against Mid Ulster in Banbridge this coming Saturday.

The tie of the round from the LSL perspective is the clash of Tolka Rovers and Wayside Celtic at Frank Cooke Park.

These pair met as recently as last Tuesday night at the same venue and it was Wayside that prevailed to book a spot in the semi final of the Noel Ryan Cup.

Tolka will no doubt be looking for revenge in order to book a second round tie with A League outfit Tralee Dynamos.

Crumlin United will face fellow LSL side Drogheda Town while Dublin Bus will meet former League of Ireland side Cobh Ramblers with a trip to Fanad United for the winners. Cherry Orchard will meet A League outfit Tullamore Town in Ballyfermot with a home game against either Fairview Rangers or Kilmallock in the second round.

The LSL clubs, ten in all, were entered into the draw along side fellow intermediate clubs from Munster and Ulster, the FAI Junior Cup semi finalists and four sides from the League of Ireland A League. Six of the ten from the LSL found themselves in the first round.

FAI Ford Senior Cup -- 1st Round Draw: Tolka Rovers v Wayside Celtic; Crumlin United v Drogheda Town; Dublin Bus v Cobh Ramblers; Cherry Orchard v Tullamore Town, Bonagee United v Willow Park or Clonmel United.

Ties to be played weekending Sunday March 21st.

FAI Ford Senior Cup -- 2nd Round Draw. Cherry Orchard or Tullamore Town v Fairview Rangers or Kilmallock; Malahide United v Douglas Hall; Fanad United v Dublin Bus or Cobh Ramblers; Bluebell United v St. Michael's or Pike Rovers; Rockmount v Avondale United; Bonagee or Willow Park or Clonmel Town v Crumlin United or Drogheda Town; Regional United or Shanagan Athletic v Belgrove; Glenville v U.C.C; Tralee Dynamos v Tolka Rovers or Wayside Celtic; F.C. Carlow v Castlebar Celtic.

Tie to be played weekending Sunday May 16.

Stones' home draw in Lummy O'Reilly Cup

Premier Sunday runaway leaders Greystones United have been handed a home draw in the Lummy O'Reilly Cup semi final as the Wicklow side look to keep their double dreams alive.

Stones will take on Premier 1 side, RSFC, in the last four as they look to bring their brilliant league form into knockout action.

The second semi final still has to be worked out but the winners of Park Celtic or Tymon Rovers will play host to either St. Vincents Hospital or Rathfarnham Punters.

You can give Dave a hand!

Last week Striker ran a story about Dublin Bus goalkeeper Dave Goodall's heroic attempt to conquer eight marathons in eighty days all in aid of Temple Street Hospital. If you would like to contribute to this great cause then you can log on to Dave's website at www.mycharity.ie/event/dave_goodalls_8_in_80_challenge/